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Nov 16, 2016 - Barcelona # 2

Another gorgeous sunshiny day and we stroll up Las Ramblas to Catalunya Placa and catch the red bus to drive a second time through the grand architecture of downtown Barcelona. We see the Renfre Sants Estacio were we arrived in Barcelona on Sunday. We pass the unique light standards of Parc Espania Industriales and carry on to the waterfront past the Bull Ring, now a shopping mall and up the hill to Palau Nationale de Montjuic. We disembarked and walked to the National Palace above the Fonte Magica. The view out over Barcelona is...

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Nov 16, 2016 - Barcelona

We ambled down Las Ramblas as far as the Christopher Columbus statue then took a different street back to Placa Angel. From there we wandered to Ave. Catedral finding ouselves on the edge of the Gotic Placa. We went along to Pinxtos and Tapas for some much needed refreshments. We took a table inside. Once finished we continued on to the International Bar for a nightcap. Mon. We were up early and off to Catalunya Placa to catch the Hop On Hop Off Bus. We took first the red and then the blue line. We got off at the stop for Guell Park and...

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Nov 13, 2016 - Marrakech to Barcelona

So our last night in Marrakech, we found a restaurant overlooking the large Placa and watched the people below as they milled about the square. 4 mosques competed with one another at the sunset 'call to prayer'. After finishing our excellent lamb tagine we entered the melee. It had a country fair atmosphere as sellers hawked their wares, restaurants tried to attract customers and people gathered round the entertainers. After joining and enjoying the festivities for a time, we wandered back into the dimly lit lanes of the medina, found Riad...

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Nov 11, 2016 - Barcelona

We stumbled out of bed at 4:30 a.m. in Heraklion, Crete, in order to drive our rental car to the airport at 5 a.m., so we could check in to our 6:30 flight to Athens in order to connect to Barcelona. Returning the car was no problem with the tiny company we used having a lot across the street from the airport. We landed in Barcelona at noon, to a waiting car that Sharon had booked for us online. It was great. The driver told us a few things about the city, it was cheaper than a taxi, and so convenient. After settling into our rooms at the...

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Oct 30, 2016 - Getting to the Cruise

Oct 30 Getting to the Cruise We woke up fairly early, Michelle had a shower and we did all our packing. We checked out another hotel, basically the dining room was under our hotel, and decided to splurge 10 € for a breakfast buffet. Once we had full tummies we headed back to our room, to get a postcard we wanted to mail to Mike’s mom. Remember we mentioned the Fireman’s 10k race, well, it was happening a block away from our hotel and was in full swing. The finish line was almost at the train station and runners were flooding down the...

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Portugal Cruise

Oct 29, 2016 - Busing and Walking the City

Barcelona Oct 26 to 29, sorry, only four photos, we've reached our limit, more in a few days. Getting There, Oct 26 Picking up from where we left off, we collected our luggage and headed to the train station. Had to take a shuttle to the other terminal, then through a few walkways, and there was the train station. Easily got our tickets, showing the ticket agent the station we wanted to go to, he printed them off, showed us which way to go, and confirmed where we changed trains. Mike had written the whole process down, and he was spot on,...

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Portugal Cruise

Oct 26, 2016 - Barcelona Inspires

We weren't quite as quick to get into the air with this second flight, Lisbon is a busy airport. After about ten minutes we were up and on our way to Barcelona, whose slogan is "the city that inspires", well, guess we'll see how inspired we get, from what we hear we should be. This flight Michelle sat next to a couple from New York City whose daughter is doing a semester at the university in Barcelona. They had taken a few days to visit Lisbon while visiting her. Apparently it is now becoming common to do a semester abroad or some travel,...

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Portugal Cruise

Oct 2, 2016 - Scenic Barcelona

Up early once again as we had to be on the tour by 7.30am. We got ourselves ready and breakfasted in time to make it to the Epic Theatre in time to get out of the terminal (and boy, oh boy, was that a feat in itself) and onto the coach. I am very impressed with Norwegian’s organisation. They have everything down to a tee. And we were pleased they did today as 4 500 people were getting of the boat, and another 4 500 were getting on!!!! Our tour guide, Monserrat, was great. She was a bundle of energy and full of information. First port of...

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Luke's Football Tour

Oct 1, 2016 - Madrid

Day 3 & 4 & 5 Madrid We took the AVE fast train from Barcelona to 'Madrid, arriving mid afternoon . A hired bus took us to Porto Sol, in many ways the Times Square of Madrid. There were dressed up characters freely roaming (no Elmo zone there :)), street performers, crowds of people, etc. It was a weekend day so that didn't help. Our Hotel Moderno was right off the square. Again, great location within walking distance of everything. After settling in, we headed out to the Plaza Mayor, a major square where historically major trials and...

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Sep 30, 2016 - Barcelona Day 2

We slept an incredible 11 hours, and then quickly itself hoofed it to our Gaudi Tour at 11am. This was a excellent walking tour run by Runner BeanTours, of the exterior of 4 of Gaudi's pinciple buildings in Barcelona, 3 homes commissioned by wealthy patrons, and the very famos Sagrada Familia church. Like many geniuses, he was nalways appreciated-- many considered his architecture to be strange and outlandish. Take A look at the photos attached and see what you think! I like he how he drew from nature to create his plans. We took a guided...

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Sep 29, 2016 - Barcelona - Day 1

We had a smooth and completely full flight out of Newark, arriving early in Barcelona Thursday morning. Inflight entertainment included episodes of Veep and Silicon Valley - both funny HBO shows we hadn't seen much and would like to see more. Taxis were plentiful and within a 1/2 hr we arrived at Barcelona Centro Hotel, a clean perfectly located small hotel. After checking in we walked through the Gothic Old Town neighborhood to the Barcelona Cathedral,open to the public free at all times. Stopped off first for a breakfast of tuna on toast...

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Sep 17, 2016 - Barcelona

We walked Las Ramblas to the waterfront. Christopher Columbus stands high above on a pedestal surveying the sea and city. We walked along the waterfront crossing a bridge to a wharf and passing the Baleric Island ferry dock, watched the huge ferry dock. We passed many restauranta, wandered through a shopping mall and eventually found a relatively busy little restaurant for dinner. Afterwards we wandered back to Las Ramblas trying to cross the bridge just as the bridge swung sideways to allow 2 sailboats through. We had a front row seat. One...

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